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White, Lorenzo ‘Lo’ (3)

CARDS: Score Supplemental 1989, Fleer 1990, Pro Set 1990, Gameday 1992, Gameday 1993, Gameday 1993 Gamebreaker, Topps Update 1990, Pro Set 1992, Pro Set 1991, Pro Set 1993, Pro Set Power 1992, Action Packed 1991, Skybox 1992, Skybox Premium 1992/3
ACQUIRED: GTSM 2023
FAILURE: TTM 2020, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

Maybe I got carried away here? Nah- Not for a paid signing. I consider this going…. ‘all out’. Lorenzo White is an enigmatic signer TTM, and even though I was lucky enough to get him once, I really wanted to replace more of these stamps in my collection (Score Supplemental 1989, Gameday 1992, Action Packed 1991). So I just figured why not get EVERYTHING signed I needed, especially at a bargain bin price of just 15 bucks an autograph. I then thought… well, why not take a photo with him too?

Besides the kerfluffle I experienced using digital versus printed out tickets, I was able to rib Lo a bit about Tecmo Super Bowl. You see in the game Lo is given a bad 44 ball control. (Yes, that previous season, he led the NFL with… I think 8(?) fumbles.) I told him he got the shaft in the game. He laughed briefly and told me, that well he showed everyone the next season (-a year in which he had over 1,000 yards rushing and some 1,800 total yards).

He was also very proud of the two big plays of his that always stick out in my mind: The draft video of him running down the field with one shoe on, and his catch and go against to beat the Cleveland Browns- when he galloped for some 70+ yards. When I asked him why he went to Cleveland… like if it was a hometown favorite of his, he said no, that it was all business.

Johnson, Mike (LB) (2)

Fleer 1990, #50

CARDS: Pro Set 1991, Action Packed 1991, Pacific 1991, Fleer 1990, Pro Set 1990 Pro Bowl
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 5/7 RECEIVED: 5/31 (24 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

Almost immediately after I got Mike’s autograph a few years ago, I found his Pro Set Pro Bowl card and his Fleer 90. The Fleer card is really awesome. Again, like many of those cards from back when the Browns played in their old stadium (before the original franchise fled to Baltimore,) it’s an old school treat to see dirt on players pants. Otherwise, his Pro Bowl card- ironically the only time he’d appear in a Pro Bowl, is really nice as well. Too bad both his Pro Set ’91 and Action Packed ’91 are near mirror image photos.

Marshall, Jim

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #134

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 10/14 RECEIVED: 12/10 (57 days)*
* Fee Enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Jim Marshall played DE for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1957-58.
  • Generational player who helped Buckeyes win by scoring all 14 points (interception, blocked punt, and kicked 2 xp) in a game against Purdue in 1958.
  • Left school to play in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1959.
  • In a rare transaction at the time, was swapped from the CFL-NFL trade to the Cleveland Browns, in exchange for Bob Ptacek.
  • Played the 1960 season with Cleveland, before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings along with a few other players for 2 draft picks.
  • Went on to play in an improbable 282 games over his 19 season career for the Vikings (starting 270 consecutively)- at the time NFL records.
  • Member of the famed Purple People Eaters, played in all 4 of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances.
  • At time of retirement in 1979, had played in every game in Vikings club history.
  • Finished with 130 sacks- second on the franchise’s record books.

ACCOLADES:

  • #70 retired- Vikings
  • Record- Most career fumble recoveries (30)
  • Record- Most seasons played by a defensive player (20)
  • Record- Most consecutive games played by a defensive player (289)
  • Minnesota Vikings 25th Anniversary Team
  • Minnesota Vikings 40th Anniversary Team
  • 50 Greatest Vikings
  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
  • Pro Bowl 1968, ’69
  • Second Team All-Pro 1964, ’68, ’69

NOTES:

Despite Jim’s resume, and being the ultimate iron man, he’s only been considered a finalist for the HoF. I’ve always considered him a HoFer in my book, and found a card that I finally wanted to get signed after I scraped up the small fee. It’s a nice autograph… a bit smudged, but I’ll take it over the crazy prices they wanted online for a certified.